I've been aware of the the jam band The Disco Biscuits because one of my brothers is/was a follower. I'm not entirely suprised to learn that The Disco Biscuits did a set inspired by the classic anime sci-fi Akira, or that I hadn't heard of it before. Fortunately, reader The Brahphecy send this great holiday treat in to AICN. Way back on 12/31/1999, The Disco Biscuits had an inspired idea to make their New Years celebration stand head and shoulders above the rest...on that night, for their 3rd set, out of four total, they projected, behind the stage, the film AKIRA, and while the film played, the band themselves watched it on their own monitors and improvised a score for the film - much like the in house pianists used to do for Metropolis. Unlike the Metropolis experience, however, the Biscuits NYE Akira Jam has gone down in the lore of their rabid, fiercely loyal fanbase, as one of the greatest nights that they ever put on for the fans. I thought to email you, AICN's anime correspondent, because of the obvious...I mean - It's Akira - one of the all time greats. I am sure not a lot of readers are huge Disco Biscuit fans, but even if this doesn't convert them, it's a damn fine piece of improvised music that fits gloriously on top of a classic anime film. (Just when you thought Akira couldn't get any more psychedelic!). Here is the link to the full streaming audio set Unfortunately, the exact timing as to when to start has been lost through the ages - the only certain reliable way to sync it is to start the, ":Basis for a Day" right when the credits begin to roll, and work backward mathematically from there. I know this isn't exactly breaking news, but folks who got a kick out of Dark Side of the Rainbow will probably dig this.
Evangelion Movie US Bound?
North American anime distribution FUNimation is hinting at a release of the Evangelion: 1.0 You Are [Not] Alone movie The movie is the first chapter in a retelling of the influential 1995 giant robot series Neon Genesis Evangelion, released in North America by ADV Films. Comments from creator Anno Hideaki indicated that the themes of his work have been updated, and that the new version is intended be more accessible than the original.